Library great place to watch the movies

I love movies. I just love the experience of going out, getting greasy with some popcorn and smuggling Sno-Caps and Butterfingers in someone else’s oversized purse. It doesn’t matter if it’s the buck show (which, in this economy, is now the three-buck show) with the sticky floors or the swanky movie venue where they serve you dinner — I just love going to the movies.

I mean, what other activity can you say allows you to get lost from the real word and everyday stressors? Staring up at the big screen, sipping on a slushie … that’s where it’s at.

I think my love of cinema stems from early childhood.

I remember the family Suburban creeping through the drive-in movie parking lot, with headlights off and searching for the loudest outside speaker. After pulling in reverse, my dad would pop the back trunk, and my sisters and I would lay with necks craned upward to see the intermission clip with the hot dog jumping into the bun. One of the earliest recollections of the drive-in was watching “Jurassic Park” as the stars lit the screen and the sky while mosquitoes feasted on my legs.

The Naperville Public Library knows the importance of catering to movie lovers like me with its Free Movie @ the Library programs. Cinema buffs of all ages can visit the library each month for a screening of recently released movies. They can watch a movie with friends or meet new people who like the same movies and maybe even snack on popcorn.

Upcoming events include:

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will be complete with a trivia contest with butter beer and costumes from 2 to 5:30 p.m. July 31 at Nichols Library.

“The Lego Movie” will be screened from 4 to 6 p.m. July 31 at 95th Street Library.

“World War Z” will be featured from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at 95th Street Library.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Naper Blvd. Library, teens can enjoy Throwback Thursday, including a classic teen movie from the ’80s or ’90s.

“Divergent” will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at 95th St. Library.

Kids also have plenty of movies to enjoy this summer.

“Rio 2” will be screened from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at Naper Blvd. Library

“Monsters University” will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at Nichols Library

“Cars” will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 at 95th Street Library.

For adults, movie screenings will take place Aug. 21, 23 and 24. Those movie titles will be announced closer to the dates. Some films might be rated R, and no one younger than age 18 will be admitted without a parent or adult.

So grab your popcorn, and join fellow movie fans for a day at the movies — or at the library.

Mary Rakoczy is a multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library.

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